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Please vote for ALL books you are interested in reading.

A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ by William Miller - (pub. 1959; 334pgs; science-fiction)
4 (9.8%)
BERLIN GAME by Len Deighton - (pub. 1983; 352pgs; thriller)
2 (4.9%)
COSMOPOLIS by Don DeLillo - (pub. 2003; 209pgs; literary fiction)
5 (12.2%)
EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck - (pub. 1952; 601pgs; historical fiction)
2 (4.9%)
MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot - (pub. 1872; 904pgs; literary fiction)
2 (4.9%)
NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs - (pub. 2004; 289pgs; literary fiction)
5 (12.2%)
OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi - (pub. 2005; 314 pgs; science fiction)
2 (4.9%)
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card - (pub. 1994; 382 pgs; science fiction)
5 (12.2%)
STAY: A HISTORY OF SUICIDE AND THE PHILOSOPHIES AGAINST IT by Jennifer Michael Hecht - (pub. 2013; 280 pgs; non-fiction)
1 (2.4%)
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein - (pub. 1961; 528pgs; science fiction)
8 (19.5%)
THE EMBEDDING by Ian Watson - (pub. 1989; 196pgs; science fiction)
1 (2.4%)
WE by Yevgeny Zamyatin - (pub. 1924; 226 pgs; science fiction)
4 (9.8%)

Total Members Voted: 11

Author Topic: FS Book Discussion #2 - Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein  (Read 6126 times)

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Alright it's that time of the month.

Send your nominations in for FS Book Discussion #2 if you are inclined to join.

Rules:
  • You may nominate 1-2 books.
  • You may NOT nominate any books in the following genres:
    • Mystery
NOTE: Rule #2 is due to prior suggestion about "banning" genres that we read for two rounds so as not to have some variety in the books that we read.

OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi - (pub. 2005; 314 pgs; science fiction) - heisenbergman
WE by Yevgeny Zamyatin - (pub. 1924; 226 pgs; science fiction) - heisenbergman
SPEAKER OF THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card - (pub. 1994; 382 pgs; science fiction) - Bondo
STAY: A HISTORY OF SUICIDE AND THE PHILOSOPHIES AGAINST IT by Jennifer Michael Hecht - (pub. 2013; 280 pgs; non-fiction) - Bondo
BERLIN GAME by Len Deighton - (pub. 1983; 352pgs; thriller) - smirnoff
THE EMBEDDING by Ian Watson - (pub. 1989; 196pgs; science fiction) - smirnoff
EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck - (pub. 1952; 601pgs; historical fiction) - oldkid
A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ by William Miller - (pub. 1959; 334pgs; science-fiction) - ses
MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot - (pub. 1872; 904pgs; literary fiction) - ses
COSMOPOLIS by Don DeLillo - (pub. 2003; 209pgs; literary fiction) - SmashTheTV
NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs - (pub. 2004; 289pgs; literary fiction) - SmashTheTV
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein - (pub. 1961; 528pgs; science fiction) - Sandy
« Last Edit: October 07, 2014, 05:16:56 PM by heisenbergman »

heisenbergman

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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2014, 02:53:32 AM »
I guess I'll put up two sci-fi books for this round:

OLD MAN'S WAR by John Scalzi - (pub. 2005; 314 pgs; science fiction)
WE by Yevgeny Zamyatin - (pub. 1924; 226 pgs; science fiction)

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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 08:13:33 AM »
Speaker of the Dead by Orson Scott Card - (pub. 1994; 382 pgs; science fiction)
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It by Jennifer Michael Hecht - (pub. 2013; 280 pgs; non-fiction)

I don't know if it is weird to nominate the not-first book in a series because it would in theory force people who haven't read the first to read two books. On the other hand, Ender's Game is a pretty "essential" kind of book (says a person who read it a year ago).

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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 08:46:32 AM »
^ I just finished Ender's Game a few weeks ago :P

(although I've heard it said that there's something to be said about reading Ender's Shadow before Speaker for the Dead)

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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2014, 06:54:07 PM »
Lock In - John Scalzi (published 2014, 336pgs, sci-fi)
The Embedding - Ian Watson (published 1989, 196pgs, sci-fi)


   

All I know about the first is that Wil Wheaton does one of the two available audiobooks, which attracted me because I thought his reading of Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation was just terrific.

The second just sounded bonkers and came up when I searched other sci-fi I enjoyed.
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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2014, 07:08:09 PM »
Just thinking that if we keep the genre exclusion rule and we end up picking a sci-fi, there's gonna be a very different nomination slate the following month. ;D

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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2014, 09:57:36 PM »
I want to re-nominate East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2014, 10:42:53 PM »
I nominate

A Canticle for Lebowitz by William Miller
Middlemarch by George Eliot
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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2014, 01:38:59 AM »
Oh wow lord, Middlemarch is 904 pages :o

Just thinking that if we keep the genre exclusion rule and we end up picking a sci-fi, there's gonna be a very different nomination slate the following month. ;D

So true. I'm pulling out my non-fiction stuff next month probably if we go sci-fi this time :P

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Re: FS Book Discussion #2 nomination thread and voting is open (for 1 week)
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2014, 02:14:10 AM »
Middlemarch by George Eliot
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So good.